ERIC Number: EJ924609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
An Instrument for Assessing Students' Mental State and the Learning Environment in Science Education
Liu, Chia-ju; Treagust, David F.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v3 n4 p625-637 Dec 2005
The purpose of this research was to develop and validate a new instrument, the "Mental State in Learning Environment Questionnaire" (MSLEQ), to assess student's mental state in a given learning environment. The MSLEQ has high internal consistency reliability values between 0.70-0.92 as well as good construct validity and predictive validity. After conducting a factor analysis, four main factors were extracted and were described as "emotion", "intention", "internal mental representation" and "external mental representation". The important feature of this study is the construction of an economical questionnaire on the mental state in a given learning environment. The questionnaire yielded important information that can be concretely applied to science teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Predictive Validity, Questionnaires, Factor Analysis, Educational Environment, Science Education, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Emotional Response, Intention, Cognitive Processes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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